The HSO’s Young Artists Competition is an elite concerto competition open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. Contestants compete for cash awards and a chance to solo with the HSO at The Bushnell.
One piece must be a movement, or excerpt of a movement, of a concerto or similar large-scale work for solo instrument and orchestra.* The second piece should be an encore-style work for solo instrument that is no more than 5 minutes long.
The concerto excerpt must be recorded with live piano accompaniment. Please contact us if you need assistance finding an accompanist.
Each recording should be a maximum of five (5) minutes long. Please indicate appropriate measure numbers on your application.
Each recording (piece) must be unedited. Only single-take recordings will be considered.
All music must be memorized.
* Repertoire is subject to approval by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Semi-Final Round of Competition
Selected contestants must perform their entire concerto movement with piano accompaniment.
You must perform the same concerto as you recorded for the First Round.
The top five (5) contestants will advance to the Final Round.
Final Round of Competition
Five Finalists will perform their concerto movement live with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
The top three winners will perform a solo encore piece (this must be the same piece you submitted for the First Round).
The 1st Place winner will be offered an opportunity to perform with the HSO.